The next couple classes of high school football players coming through The Herald’s coverage area – and Rock Hill in particular – is chock full of talent. Two of the top prospects, Northwestern sophomore Logan Rudolph and junior Trae’von Hinton, both received new FBS scholarship offers this week.
Rudolph’s offer – his first – came from East Carolina Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound athlete is intriguing to college coaches because of size but also his potential versatility. It’s unsure whether Rudolph would play offense, as he has with Northwestern, or defense at the next level. His older brother Mason plays quarterback at Oklahoma State, but their dad, Brett, played linebacker at North Carolina in the mid-1980s.
Hinton, the rising senior who made All-Area last fall, continues to receive a torrent of recruiting interest and picked up an offer Thursday from Marshall. Hinton also has offers from Charlotte, Gardner-Webb and Towson. Schools that have been by to see Northwestern – and especially Hinton and Rudolph – practice this week include Miami (OH), N.C. State, Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee and Kansas State.
▪ Another local player whose stock is rising is South Pointe junior receiver Josh Wilkes. The last time Rock Hill-area fans saw Wilkes he was laying out in the end zone for the Stallions’ third touchdown in the 3A state title game victory over Hartsville last December. The 6-foot-2, 160-pound pass-catcher picked up his first offer from Eastern Michigan and has added offers from Charleston Southern, N.C. Central and Gardner-Webb since.
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Region 3-3A baseball All-Region team
Player of the year: Devin Fuller, Broome
Coach of the year: Buddy Ward, Broome
Lancaster- Austin Richardson
South Pointe- Bo Taylor, Austin Harrigan
Union- Dustin West, Cameron Queen, Troy Millwood
Broome- Devin Fuller, Davis Keller, Jacob Marcengill, Campbell Jolley
Clinton- Thomas Spangler, Brayden Gibbs, Chandler Todd, Tristan Smaltz, Delshun Young
Chester- Trent Autry, Jake Wright, Josh Alley, Tyler Jordan, Daniel McClurkin
Indian Land soccer marches on
Indian Land is the lone flag-bearer for The Herald’s 12-school coverage area in the state soccer playoffs.
The Warriors boys dropped region foe Cheraw 3-0 in Thursday night’s second round to advance to a Saturday third round home match against Pendleton at 3 p.m.
And the girls also dispatched a region opponent in round two, dumping Buford 4-0. Mark Bonda’s girls will host St. Joseph’s Friday night in the third round.